I now live in the Bay of Islands New Zealand but was
born in the UK. I ran away at age 15 and joined the
Merchant Navy. After six years at sea and having met
my future wife Heather in NZ I emigrated and have lived
here ever since. My occupations were: various floating
plant for the Auckland Harbour Board for twenty six yrs.
Twenty odd years of this as skipper of the two Pilot
vessels. Then, a complete change when we bought a
general store on an isolated island off the NZ coast. This
was Great Barrier Island.
Now retired aged 60+ and living at Paihia, Bay of Islands in the far
north – the so called ’ winterless north ! ’
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